Kingdom Team Netherlands

CANCELED: Due to Covid19 our voyage to the Youth America's Cup 2021 has been canceled by the organisers

Our Team

The Kingdom Team consists of the best sailors from the Kingdom of The Netherlands: Odile van Aanholt, Bart Lambriex, Emma Savelon and Jorden van Rooijen and are coached by Floris van de Werken.
With all their experience and talent the dream of winning the Cup for The Netherlands seems more than feasible. They hope to inspire young sailors and show them that with dedication the road to the most prestigious sailing events come within reach.

The Kingdom Team is the first Dutch team to challenge for the (Youth) America’s Cup. The Koninklijke Watersport-Vereeniging Loosdrecht acts as the official challenger and assists the team with knowledge and volunteers. 

Odile van Aanholt


Odile is last year’s Genua World Cup winner in the Olympic 49FX class, ranking 6th in the world in 2019. In her career she claimed a World Title in the Byte and won a Silver medal at the Youth Olympics, where she was also the flagbearer for The Netherlands. She is vice European Champion in the Laser 4.7 and was twice elected as Youth Talent of the Year.

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Bart Lambriex


Bart’s success started very early in his sailing career when became Vice World Champion in the Optimist at the age of 13. He continued his succes by claiming a Youth World Title in the 49erFX class. Last year Bart qualified the Netherlands for the first time in the 49er class for Olympic Games. He finshed 8th and 11th at the last two 49er Worlds Championships.

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Emma Savelon


Emma is a multi-youth World Champion, winning gold for The Netherlands in the Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial (U19) class. She also became a Vice ISAF Youth World Champion in the Laser Radial class and has been elected as Dutch Youth Talent of the year.

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Jorden van Rooijen


Jorden became first in the RORC Transatlantic Race in the VO65. He is a Vice World Champion in the Swan 45 class and took the Gold in Match racing at the Warren Jones Regatta in 2019. He has five trans-Atlantic crossings to his name. 

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Floris van de Werken


Floris has sailed at the highest level in a vast array of boats, ranging from 470s, 49ers, gc32’s and other High Performance inshore and offshore race yachts. Nowadays he is still active both as a sailor and a coach. His focus for the team is to create an open learning environment, in which all sailors can develop on an individual and team level.

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Mystery Sailor is Guido Gallinaro


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Kingdom Team

The Youth America’s Cup will be sailed on the AC9F by two girls and two boys. Our Kingdom Team will consist of an additional girl and boy, resulting in a lot of flexibility. This will allow us to continue training even when a sailor gets injured or needs time off for necessary rest. The Team will train and race jointly all the way to the finals in Auckland.

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The Koninklijke Watersport-Vereeniging Loosdrecht is the biggest yachtclub in The Netherlands.  “This challenge for the YAC is an integral part of the strategy of the KWVL, that aims to be leading in rejuvenation and innovation in water sports in The Netherlands. We are extremely happy to support a number of members within our yacht club, who have taken on this challenge.”

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The Youth America’s Cup will be a multi-leg event begining with a fleet racing seeding event (February 18 – 23 2021). Then a match racing event (March 1 – 5 2021) will decide which teams move on the Finals (March 8th- 12th 2021). All racing will take place in Auckland with the finals being held in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

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The Youth America’s Cup will be raced in a carbon-fiber monohull that lifts out of the water on two foils, the AC9F. The AC9F is strictly “One Design”, which means that all boats will be identical. The AC9F is especially designed and built for the Youth America’s Cup and is like a smaller version of her bigger sisters, the America’s Cup foiling monohulls.

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Latest News

The Kingdom Team is on quite a journey training and preparing to get ready to compete in the Youth Americas Cup in New Zealand in 2021. Below you can read the latest updates on the Team. If you want to be the first to receive our newsletter, make sure you subscribe as a fan.

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